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to be confronted in the next weeks and months as you and the chairman pointed out is the debt ceiling. i hope we have all learned from our experience in the summer of 2011 that it is irresponsible and reckless for the united states to suggest that it will not meet its financial obligations. the there's bondholders, social security recipients, due to other people have contracted with the united states government. in the house in the next couple weeks, we are expected to take up a bill that says, you know what, we can prioritize their deaths. based on that book take on first, but other debts and obligations including this congress have taken on, they don't have as high a priority. could you, mr. secretary, secretary of the treasury comment on what impact it would have on our economy and the signal is sent to the international communist united states were to default on any of its obligations? >> congressman, that notion you prayer a case which is the obligation congress authors should be paid is one that just doesn't work. hhs would obligation your defaulted non. we have never in the history defaul
to have runs. fourth him of the debt ceiling was going to derail our economy for certain, even if we manage to solve the fiscal cliff and the sequester lurked ominously. no matter what deal the politicians made. these would have course throw us off track and cause much higher unemployment. finally, four months ago, fourth quarter earnings, the reports were right around the corner and they were supposed to be, yes, nothing to write home about, or maybe worse, particularly the worldwide slowdown that europe seemed to be mandating, we could have huge downside surprises and the last time we had some pre-announcements -- wait a second. what actually happened? how about we had the best first quarter in 15 years. how is that possible? i think it's because the market has changed its animals. i'm not kidding. investors stopped being scared of washington or europe or earnings shortfalls and they decided to embrace the future, not spurn it. they became like ulysses and his crew, strapped to the mast, oblivious to the sell, sell, sell sirens of the saturnine set. where is sappho when you need h
by the republicans in the house to increase the debt ceiling. at the end of the day, we got $2.5 in spending. restrapets that was the cap and the sequester. there's been repeated efforts by democrats in the senate and the white house to undue that agreement of august 2011, but it has held. the sequester is holding despite not letting kids go through the white house or the easter egg hunts and not letting the blue angels fly. this is the boy cried wolf kind of thing. at the end of the day, taxpayers won that fight. those who believed in d.c., you had to raise taxes in order to get any spending restraints. we're wrong. we got the -- they were wrong. obama -- president obama is again saying i will never let you cut the budget unless you give me tax increases. he said that for the last three years and he has lost several times on that fight. does he want to have spending restraint or entitlement reform? don't think so. democratic senate with 59 or 60 votes. he woke up every morning and he could have reform entitlements but he didn't, he went to bed. someone could do something for 00 days like qu
for a debt ceiling piece of legislation that would be considered. i would hope, as i said last week, that we could deal with in a nonpartisan, bipartisan, nonpolitical fashion the protection of the credit worthiness of the united states of america and to the maintenance of america's credit rating. it was reduced for the first time in history when we had a debt cliff debate in 2011, and we were reduced by one point in the credit worthiness of our country. that was unfortunate for our country. president reagan said in 1986, unfortunately congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. this brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on veterans' benefits, interest rates, etc., would skyrocket if we did that. he was then urging the democratic congress and republicans to support the increase in the debt, which as you know, was done. in addition, keith hennessey who was george bush's national director counsel, payment prioritization doesn't stop payments, it just delays them. then the party sues the government and
that was demanded by the republicans in the house for the increase in the debt ceiling. at the end of the day, we got 2-1/2 trillion in spending restraints. the caps and the sequester, have been repeated efforts by democrats in the senate and the white house to try and undo that agreement of august 2011, but it's held. the sequester is holding. despite the historianics of not having easter egg hunts or not letting kids go through the white house, not letting the blue angels fly. they do that and looks silly, the boy who cried wolf. and at the end of the day we taxpayers won the fight, and those who believed in d.c., you had to raise taxes, in order to get any spending restraint, were wrong. we got suspending restraint without the tax increases. obama -- president obama is again saying'll never let you cut the budget unless you give me more tax increases. he said that the last three years and has lost several times on that fight. so does he want to have spending retrain or spitelement reform? -- restraint or entitlement reform? i don't think so. just look backwards. his first two years a democrati
of what we call the debt ceiling which lets the country borrow money to pay its bills. as a part of that agreement, a large number of people from both parties voted for something that hasn't turned out very well. and it's called sequestration. this is a word that gets tossed around in this chamber. it is having a real and negative impact on the country. i just came from a hearing of the armed services committee where the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the secretary of defense told us that nine battle groups and three bomber groups of our air force and our navy planes have been grounded. about 1/3 of the nation's air capacity isn't flying. across the country today, people who are on medicare, who need chemotherapy treatments from their doctors offices are finding that many doctors are declining to do chemo therapy treatments for cancer patients because of the cuts that take place in sequestration. i met earlier this week with employees of the naval sea systems engineering command in philadelphia whom i represent. they're looking at a 20% pay cut because of furloughs. th
approaches the debt ceiling to say, how are we going to tell the people that we are going to pay off the debt that we've now gone ahead and incurred? and i think a little bit of forethought here, planning into the future, how we're going to pay the bills is the emphasis. and i've always agreed, as the gentleman said, the debt ceiling is something that is necessary for the operations of government. we'll bring a bill forward that will ensure that we don't go into default, but i do think that we should be mindful of how we're going to tell the public we're going to go in the future and pay off these debts. because as the gentleman has many children and grandchildren, he doesn't want his kids nor do i want mine to be shouldering the debt and paying our bills. we should be really committing ourselves not to just borrowing more, not to just taking more from taxpayer dollars because we've done a lot of that this year already. the gentleman talks about the need to proceed with revenues. we already have close to $650 billion i of additional static revenues, taxes that are accounted for because of the
. the houseebt ceiling, will move now to put its priority in place. we will move now early to reassure people that america will pay its debts. we are serious about tackling our problems. affected sequestration your district? guest: it has not. people laugh when you talk government0-pound being forced to lose 10 pounds. closing local air-traffic towers. they think it is a small step in the right direction. host: was it a political victory for republicans? guest: it helped reassure americans that we were serious about making some small but important steps in the right lowerion, walking those levels in was important -- locking those lower levels in was import. i believe we have the political courage to get this done. we have laid out courageous steps on medicare and medicaid to solve those. the president is willing to take some small steps towards us. host: wallace is a republican in dallas. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. police officer and i collect revolvers. my comment for the representative is that i have been leery when the government starts talking about protecting my
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